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Weapons of Mass Destruction
Resource Guide
Compiled July, 2003

Eliminating weapons of mass destruction is one of Pugwash's central goals. In 1995, Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize for work on nuclear disarmament. Alas, this work must continue. Nations are still adding to their WMD capability, and there are also fears non-nation groups will do the same. The search for WMD's was the motive behind UN Resolution 1441 in advance of the recent Iraq conflict. And while tensions between India and Pakistan are cooling down, North Korea and Iran are currently under much scrutiny for their atomic weapons development. Of course, we shouldn't forget those nations who already possess WMDs, nor should we take for granted what a "weapon of mass destruction" actually is.

These pages assemble a variety of information on WMDs, so that we may better understand, and consequently better combat, their threat.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)